And we’re off… to another exciting season of soccer at SKY. Our club, incorporated almost 30 years ago, is the primary provider of soccer for kids of all ages and ability levels to learn, play and develop a love for the game of soccer in Southern Kentucky. While many clubs have come and gone over these decades, SKY has continued to grow into the largest soccer organization in the state under our mission to provide a pathway for all soccer players, from beginner to elite. Our dedicated volunteers, staff and coaches are all here for the right reasons and work tirelessly every day to deliver the best soccer experience possible to our community.
The season does not kick off without some bumps and we appreciate the patience of our member families and must thank our staff and volunteers for doing all they can to provide the best experience for the lowest fees possible. We have over 2000 players annually in our programs (Mighty Kicks, Recreational, TOPSoccer, and Academy), and it takes a monumental effort to handle the thankless jobs of answering hundreds of special player and team requests, scouring the region for quality coaches and referees, scheduling and preparing fields, scheduling referees, scheduling games and practices, sorting and delivering uniforms, among many other tasks, all completed by a ridiculously dedicated group of part-time staff and volunteers.
Our Partnership with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation enables us to provide beautiful and safe facilities for practices, games and tournaments. Our organizations work together closely to manage field wear and maintenance to ensure our players have the best possible playing environment every season.
Our new partnerships with Mighty Kicks and Tennessee United Soccer Club (TUSC) have increased our ability to provide players from ages two to nineteen the highest quality age and developmentally appropriate soccer curriculum focused on all players’ development and pathways rather than a small group of what a coach or group of parents determines are the “best” players.
Mighty Kicks, since partnering with SKY, now has nearly 300 players from two to five years old learning and loving the game through an excellent program curriculum. Building a love for the game at these ages enables growth at all levels of our club including recreational, YDP and Academy.
TUSC, a middle Tennessee club with nearly 900 competitive soccer players, has brought a shared player and coaching development curriculum to our select Academy as well as shared resources to enable player pathways for elite players that will play at the next level.
The commitment to our Members:
We will learn and get better every season. With many new pieces in place we are ready more than ever to challenge ourselves and continue to improve the player and parent experience year in and year out. All feedback is heard, welcomed and is being responded to. We temporarily went away from our roots of operating with a right minded part-time staff and volunteers to a model of higher paid full-time staff that did not return on investment, and we quickly learned that having a team focused on the players over everything else is our best path forward.
Call to Action:
Share your feedback and VOLUNTEER. We want to know your needs and want you to be active in your club.
Be a Coach, help teach and develop a love for the game for our players.
Join a Committee, we are always actively looking for members to join committees (Recreational, Academy/Competitive, Tournament, Fundraising). Your experience and expertise can help make a difference for so many kids in our programs.
Volunteer your time, we have many important events that are critical to the fundraising and success of our club: Tournaments, Opening Day Preparation and Execution (Fall, Spring Recreation), Open Play/Club Fun Nights.
Be a Sponsor and/or help us raise funds to enable us to continue to provide the highest-level soccer opportunities in the region at the lowest player fees. Do you know someone that is interested in being a partner with SKY, a club of over 2000 registered players annually, and interested in benefits of being a sponsorship partner?
Reach us at Board@SkySoccer.org
Thank you to all the players and parents that make this club great. We appreciate the opportunity to serve this community and our members while sharing our love for the game of soccer. We’ll see you out on the fields!